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RoNAs 2016

Lesley Field, Jane Jackson, Iona Grey and I

Jane Jackson, Lesley Field, Iona Grey and I

Had a lovely time at the RoNA Awards Event last night even though The Secret Kiss of Darkness didn’t win – huge congratulations to Iona Grey who won both our category and the overall prize of Romantic Novel of the Year!

As always, it was wonderful to be at the Gladstone Library, the perfect venue for any literary event, and it was fun to catch up with friends and fellow ChocLiphoto(6)teers, one of whom won the Contemporary category – congrats to Melanie Hudson!

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Fern Britton and compere Jane Wenham-Jones

The prizes were presented by TV personality and author Fern Britton and I really enjoyed all the thank you speeches, in particular those given by the two Outstanding Achievement Award winners, Claire Lorrimer and Anita Burgh.  They were both very amusing and were given a standing ovation by the audience – fab!

I’m sure there will be official photos soon, but here are some of mine!

Me with fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May, Linn Halton and Angela Britnell

Me with fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May, Linn Halton and Angela Britnell

The Gladstone Library

The Gladstone Library

The beautiful table decorations

The beautiful table decorations

The Gilded Fan is a Winner!

This year’s RoNA’s (the RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards) took place in the gorgeous Gladstone Library at One Whitehall in London, and I think a good time was had by all!  The pink fizz was flowing, the canapés were delicious and the tables were covered in pink heart-shaped chocolates (my personal favourite, of course!).  As always, at an RNA gathering, the noise levels had to be heard to be believed.

There were lots of witty speeches (although probably not mine – can’t actually remember what I said), and I particularly enjoyed those of Milly Johnson, Dr David Hessayon and Helen Fielding.  The awards were presented by the lovely Darcey Bussell and it was a great pleasure to meet her.

For me, it was an extra special evening as The Gilded Fan won the Historical category, despite being shortlisted together with amazing authors Liz Harris, Charlotte Betts, Carol McGrath, Annie Murray and Joanna Hickson.  I was so thrilled the readers had chosen my story – huge thanks to them, whoever they are!  (Readers for the award are anonymous)  And of course, a massive thank you to the wonderful Choc Lit team who believed in this story and published the book!

The RNA’s press release can be found here.

With Darcey Bussell

With Dr David Hessayon

All the RoNA winners with Ms Bussell

Presenting flowers to the lovely Katie Fforde